St. Patrick’s Festival at EPIC

15 - 19 March

This year’s St. Patrick’s Festival takes place from 15 – 19 March, and EPIC and the Irish Family History Centre have a great lineup of events planned as part of the celebrations!

EPIC will be open as usual during the entire St. Patrick’s Festival weekend, with a series of events and family activities available for our guests to enjoy. We’re also offering a special discount of €4.50 off our EPIC and Irish Family History Centre combo ticket, now priced just €19.50! Simply use promo code IFHCSPF when booking online (click here to book).

The Forgotten Irish Who Changed the Face of Latin America – 5:30pm, 14 March and 6pm, 15 March (SOLD OUT)

St. Patrick's Festival

Join author and researcher Tim Fanning as he explores the history of Irish emigration to Latin America during the independence era. Thousands of Irish soldiers crossed the Atlantic to fight for the patriot armies against the Spanish in Latin America during the nineteenth century. They came from every corner of Ireland and were from very different political, socio-economic and religious backgrounds. Their motives were mixed. Some fought for financial reward, others for political ideas. Among them were the members of the Batallón de San Patricio – or, Saint Patrick’s Battalion – Irish-born soldiers who fought for Mexico against the United States during the Mexican-American War.

Tickets for both dates of this event are now SOLD OUT.

Landless – 2pm, 16 March

St. Patrick's Festival - Landless

Landless are a traditional Irish vocal group from Dublin and Belfast who sing unaccompanied traditional songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America in four-part harmony. A glorious live act, they have been spellbinding audiences across Ireland, the UK and Europe since 2013 and are set to release their debut album ‘Bleaching Bones’ in March.

Landless will be performing live in the atmospheric vaults of the museum, free for visitors to EPIC!

Songs & Stories of the Men Who Built Britain: The Legacy of the Irish Navvy – 5pm, 16 March (€10)

Following their sold-out appearance last month, Ultan Cowley and Joe Giltrap return to EPIC for a night of stories and song. Relive the Irish navvy heyday, hear tales of life on the sites and in the pubs, of bed-sits and dancehalls, of Kilburn, Camden town and ‘the Shamrock’, ‘the Galtymore’ and ‘the Crown’. Enter the world of the ‘Tunnel Tigers’, ‘Heavy Diggers’, and ‘McAlpine’s Fusiliers’; of ‘the landlady’s breakfast’; and ‘long distance men’.

The craic was certainly good in Cricklewood – but who paid the price? Historian Ultan Cowley will explore the legacy of the Irish navvies in Great Britain and alongside renowned musician Joe Giltrap, will perform some of their best known songs.

Ultan Cowley is an Irish historian, a former emigrant, and author of ‘The Men Who Built Britain’, ‘Paddy and the Big Ditch’, and ‘McAlpine’s Men’. Joe Giltrap is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose work ranges from the traditional to the contemporary.

Tickets are €10 and are available to book by clicking here.

Slime Lab with Catherine McGuinness – 10:30am, 12pm & 2pm, 18 – 19 March (€5 for children, adults free)

St. Patrick's Festival

***Due to the adverse weather Catherine McGuinness is unable to run the workshops for Sunday 18 March have been cancelled. Our museum is still open and our special offer of free child admission to our museum is still valid***

There’s a slime and a place for getting messy and it’s here with us at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum this St. Patrick’s Festival! Catherine McGuinness will be returning to the museum for a seriously slimy science lab. Come along, get creative, get a little green and learn something new in this fantastically disgusting workshop. St. Patrick may have kicked out the snakes but we can definitely bring back some of the slime!

The workshop will last for 1 hour and is suitable for ages 6-12. Separate workshops will take place at 10:30am, 12pm and 2pm on Sunday 18 March and Monday 19 March. Tickets for Slime Lab are priced €5. Places are limited – buy tickets through Eventbrite by clicking here.

Special offer: Want to see EPIC while you’re here? Kids get free entry to the museum with the purchase of an adult museum ticket!

Saileog Ní Cheannabháin – 1:30pm, 19 March

St. Patrick's Festival at EPICSaileog Ní Cheannabháin is a musician, singer and composer. A native Irish speaker, who grew up in Dublin, her sean-nós singing style is mainly influenced by singers from the Connemara Gaeltacht. Sean-nós means “old style” in Irish and is a traditional form of unaccompanied singing.

She also plays Irish traditional music on fiddle, piano and viola and has performed at festivals and venues across Ireland and internationally. Her 2017 album Roithleán (“a delight” The Irish Times) and her 2012 debut I bhfíor-dheiriú oidhche were released to critical acclaim on Raelach Records.

Saileog will be performing live in the museum, free for visitors to EPIC!

Family History Treasure Hunt at the Irish Family History Centre – 10am, 15-19 March (Free)

Come and visit the Irish Family History Centre and get involved in our St. Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt. Explore your Irish roots, search for Irish Ancestors and discover your own unique family story. All visitors will receive a complimentary prize at the end of their hunt to help you continue researching your Irish Heritage!

Find out: What does your surname mean; What counties in Ireland is your family name linked to; Do you know which celebrity is descended from a medieval knight; When and why did Irish people emigrate; Where did Irish people emigrate too.

Search the largest number of Irish family records online such as:

  • Birth/Marriage and Death records
  • Census records
  • Parish Records

Tickets for this event are FREE and can be booked via Eventbrite by clicking here.

The St. Patrick’s Festival have a great selection of event planned across Dublin from 15-19 March. Click here to view the full programme!